This is a great sub lesson as it uses very simple materials yet keeps the students engaged. I found a template online HERE for matryoshka dolls. I enlarged it onto 11x17" paper. I did this lesson with a mixed grade class from 4 - 6. I showed them a slideshow of different types of matryoshka dolls and we discussed the characteristics and the history of them.
Students started by sketching out the faces, then cut them out and glued them onto the body so they'd know where to draw the rest of the shawl, etc.
They outlined the details in ultra-fine Sharpie, then coloured them using coloured
pencils and/or markers.
Once glued onto the body they designed the rest of the clothing.
Then they were cut out.
Because these were on thin photocopy paper (you could copy onto cardstock which I'll do in the future) I laminated them all. This lesson definitely took some time to finish due to all the beautiful detail and colouring involved. I loved how they turned out!